Archive for January, 2012

MAIZE and WHEAT: Priming the engine of agriculture

January 31, 2012

On 16 January 2012, 300 researchers, policy makers, industry specialists, and NGO representatives from 36 nations gathered in Mexico City to launch the MAIZE and WHEAT CGIAR Research Program (CRP) mee …


The State of Mexico joins MasAgro

January 30, 2012

On 12 January 2012, the State of Mexico signed an agreement to align its agricultural policies with MasAgro (Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture), an initiative fostered by the Mexica …


A pillar retires: farewell for Suketoshi Taba

January 30, 2012

At El Batán on 20 December 2011, CIMMYT staff, family, and friends joined specialists from Mexican universities and national research programs, Second Secretary Shin Taniguchi of the Japanese Embassy …


Norman Borlaug, the Green Revolution, and innovation in Agriculture: Bill Gates’ annual letter

January 27, 2012

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of CIMMYT’s biggest supporters. Here we repost their blog about Bill’s annual letter, which highlights the issue of food security, and how we need innova …


What next for agriculture after Durban?

January 25, 2012

The 20 January 2012 issue of Science features an article by leading international agricultural experts, including Molly Jahn, who delivered a keynote speech with CIMMYT’s Director General Thomas Lumpk …


Making use of Open Access

January 23, 2012

Open access (OA) publishing (providing access to full text free of charge) was recently presented in one of the kiosks during Science Week. The topic raised a number of questions and discussions mainl …


CIMMYT strengthens links with China

January 23, 2012

On 11 January 2011, CIMMYT welcomed a delegation of representatives from the Chinese embassy to Mexico. The Ambassador’s wife, Linge Liu, was accompanied by Wenling Ding, First Secretary of Education, …


Biosafety, regulations, and policy issues for biotechnology in Kazakhstan

January 16, 2012

Since 2010, CIMMYT has been orchestrating the project “Strengthening the Plant Biotechnology Capacity for Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Kazakhstan”, in …


Understanding the needs of Afghanistan’s rainfed wheat

January 16, 2012

In 2011, the level of wheat production in Afghanistan fell by approximately 1.8 million tons, from the record levels harvested in 2009. This decrease was largely due to a lack of rainfall and irrigati …


Nigerian government pledges support for CIMMYT’s DTMA project

January 9, 2012

In December 2011, Nigerian’s Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Bukar Tijani, pledged the support of the federal government for CIMMYT and the Institute of Tropical Agricu …